Cliff Drawings Galore
Mesa Verde National Park, located between Durango and Cortez, is 2.5 hours from Telluride and is rich in history with spectacular views stretching over 100 miles. The National Park was established to preserve archaeological sites built by the ancestral Puebloans dating back to 550 A.D. These inhabitants lived in the "four corners" region of Colorado for over 700 years. Spend hours looking at more than 4,700 archaeological sites including 600 cliff dwellings, pueblos, masonry towers, farming structures and much more. Take a peek into the past through the lens of one of the best-preserved and most notable National Parks of its kind in the United States. But that's not all: Mesa Verde National Park has numerous hiking trails, beautiful camping grounds, heritage foods and cuisine, Native American handcrafts and shopping, and more.